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April 26, 2021 Music producers Marcus James & RYYZN release acoustic edition of latest EP

Music producers Marcus James & RYYZN release acoustic edition of latest EP

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Previously featured on RCRD LBL (read feature) with song ‘Night Light’, acclaimed producer Marcus James and the reputable duo RYYZN released their  Warning Sign(Stripped) EP via Physical Presents on Friday, and we are still hooked. RYYZN are a Vancouver-based duo comprised of David York and Jessie Elias who come from Calgary and Saskatoon respectively. Born based and currently living in Vancouver, Marcus James is well known for collaborating with other local talent, and ultimately producing music that will leave you captivated from the first few seconds of listening to it. 

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We waited in anticipation to hear what RYYZN and Marcus James were releasing next, after watching their breathtaking acoustic take on their single ‘Night Light’ . The Warning Sign (Stripped) EP definitely lives up to the hype of its predecessor. The acoustic edition of Warning Sign features a combination of noteworthy quirks, like it’s honeyed alternative vocal range from duo RYYZN that has captured you from the beginning. Along with this, is the unforgettable instrumental compositions from Marcus James – leaves you wanting more.

 Marcus James shares the importance of the new version of the EP:

This Stripped EP is our way of coming full circle for the final chapter of the Warning Sign project and releasing all four songs in the acoustic form that they were first written and recorded. It was important to us from a songwriting standpoint to make sure these songs worked “stripped-down” before we turned them into the productions released on the original EP. I guess somewhere along the line we figured if these songs work in their original form, why not let people hear them in that way?

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March 9, 2021 Retro pop band Barley Passable releases Hindsight EP

Retro pop band Barley Passable releases Hindsight EP

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The ‘Hindsight’ EP finds a band casting one eye back to the funk-fuelled melodies and discofied rhythms of yesteryear, with its other fixed on a fresh, finessed and floor-filling vision for the post-Pandemic generation.

Take their previous track Silver, with all its clipped French-touch grooves, elastic disco basslines and glittering retro synthesizers. Intended as a beacon of hope and a paean to eternal youth; it’s a mirror-ball speckled marvel, destined to shine in the darkest of dance-halls as the new era of nightlife and all its endless possibilities beckon.

A fitting entry to their new ‘Hindsight’ EP, Barley Passable say of “Silver”

Keeping with the theme of our first EP ‘Hindsight’, “Silver” is written in the context of us looking back on feeling self love and confidence, both things we wish came around more often and stay longer in our lives. With us both fresh out of school and in the books studying at the time; writing, releasing and playing music helped us escape and feel unbreakable. It was like when we were away from our studies we were finally able to shine like silver and do what we were meant to do. We wanted to capture and tell the world of this feeling of invincibility and coolness that can go unseen when things just feel right. When we feel “Silver”, we stay young and people sure know it.”

Released this Spring, the ‘Hindsight’ EP follows a succession of deeply irresistible releases from the aspiring Aussie duo. Making waves with early singles “All I Haveand “Whether or Not” in 2020, the band continued their winning streak with “Step Inside” and recent single “Turnaround”; both of which appear on the EP. ‘Hindsight’ also features two brand new bonus tracks, the sensual slow-dance of “Forget” and the cinematic closer “For Now”. 

Reflecting on the new EP, the duo of Kai Ollmann (guitars, vox) and Davy Brown (keyboards, vox) say: 

Hindsight is all too human. Often painfully, hindsight pulls the past into the now and helps one to see that looking back on even the most negative of situations can push growth and momentum. This EP is our way of returning to various scenes over the last few years, from the first time we met, and speaking to these situations, as they still run on repeat in our minds. It is a constant reminder telling us to remember exactly who we are, to trust our heads and to be passionate and happy. Most importantly we hope it does the same for all who listen.”

Written, recorded and produced by Barley Passable at their studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, additional contributions come from Callum Hulme (drums), James Christowski (production) and Zino Mikorey (mastering). 

Making waves with each new release they put their name to, the ‘Hindsight’ EP consolidates Barley Passable’s retro-futuristic pop in one place and confirms them as one of 2021’s brightest emerging talents.

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February 19, 2021 Indie pop singer Shoshy releases debut album, Darenimo

Indie pop singer Shoshy releases debut album, Darenimo

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Shoshy is a young female artist from East London. She has been producing music for a while now and graduated with a music degree last year. In the first lockdown, she wrote an album and was planning on gigging with that material but, of course,  hasn’t been able to. It’s been difficult trying to promote her music during this time. She is inspired by 60s and 90s psych shoegaze, postrock, and trip-hop. Some influences include bands like the beach boys, Khruangbin, my bloody valentine and skinshape.

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January 21, 2021 Indie pop singer HOL announces personal debut EP, The Chapters

Indie pop singer HOL announces personal debut EP, The Chapters

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HOL (aka Hollie Findlay) is a singer, songwriter and producer. Born in Athens Greece in 2003, she grew up on the island of Kefalonia, Greece but split her early teens between UK and Greece. She has been singing since as early as she can remember and started performing at the young age of 14. She released her first EP in December 2018 and has since released a number of singles throughout 2019.

 She has had support from BBC Introducing Lancashire, Sean McGinty and Radio X, John Kennedy and has on a number of occasion made the Fresh Faves of BBC 6 Musics Tom Robinson.

The journey of a young teen searching for themselves as they navigate the stresses and strains of life in the here and now. Growing through experiences in each chapter, they spread their wings and enter the adult world! Hol created this compilation of songs in the style of chapters almost like a book of life’s journey as a young person.

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